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SAUK CENTRE, Minn. -- The only thing missing from this news release is whether or not law enforcement used a radar gun. Stearns County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a bull walking close to the Sauk Centre exit near Interstate 94, early Friday morning, Aug. 16. Deputies and officers from the Sauk Centre Police Department were unable to locate the bull. A few hours later, Stearns County officials said, the Minnesota State Patrol said the bull was seen on the shoulder of I-94 near mile marker 124.
ST. PAUL — Three different equine diseases have been detected in three separate Minnesota counties as state animal experts stress this is the time of year horses are the most prone to diseases. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health said horses in Otter Tail, Pine and Swift counties have been euthanized since eastern equine encephalitis, equine infectious anemia and West Nile virus were detected.
ST. PAUL — The trade organization representing farmers, processors, distributors and others in the hemp industry on Monday, Aug. 12, announced that Joe Radinovich would become the group's executive director. In a news release, the Minnesota Hemp Association said Radinovich, a former candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 8th District, would lead the organization. Days earlier, Radinovich announced that he doesn't plan to challenge U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber in 2020.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed four members to the State Water Commission Wednesday, July 31, including one member to fill a newly created position representing the Little Missouri River basin. Current members Richard "Dick" Johnson, of Devils Lake, and Katie Hemmer (formerly Andersen), of Jamestown, were reappointed to six-year terms on the commission, according to a news release.
BISMARCK — Developing harvesting equipment for high-CBD hemp and evaluating equipment for grape growing are among initiatives to be funded by the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission, the Department of Commerce announced Tuesday, July 30. In all, $312,375 will be allocated for seven projects, the APUC announced. Awarded funds include:
DOVER, Minn. — A semi-tractor trailer hauling turkeys rolled over south of Interstate 90 near Dover, about 20 miles east of Rochester, killing several birds. Jonathon Paulzine, 56, of Barron, Wis., was driving near the intersection of Olmsted County Roads 10 and 30 about a mile and a half south of the Dover exit on I-90 at about 12:34 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, when the vehicle and its trailer rolled into the ditch on the side of the road, according to Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.
SIDE LAKE, Minn. — A rural Cook man died Sunday evening after the skid-steer tractor he was driving fell into a pond and trapped him under water. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 8 p.m. July 21 from a privately owned hunting property in the 8700 block of County Highway 5 in Morcom Township, north of Side Lake. The Sheriff's Office on Monday identified the victim as 50-year-old Sheldon D. Sandberg.
SIOUX FALLS — A Sioux Falls man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and mail fraud after proposing to build an aquaponics facility near Brookings was sentenced in federal court Monday, July 15. Tobias Ritesman, 42, was sentenced to nine years, or 108 months, in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, restitution in the amount of $680,000, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $1,800. Ritesman was convicted of 10 counts of wire fraud and eight counts of mail fraud.
TEA, S.D. — A 74-year-old man mowing ditches northwest of Tea in eastern South Dakota died after his tractor rolled onto him Sunday, July 14. The man was driving a 1930 Minneapolis-Moline tractor along 269th Street eastbound in the north ditch when the rollover occurred, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Tea is just south of Sioux Falls.
PORTLAND, N.D. — A man driving a John Deere 3020 died after the tractor rolled onto its top near Portland about 5:13 p.m on Friday, July 12, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol. The tractor, driven by 77-year-old Alton Anderson, was pulling a sickle mower that was cutting grass for hay. As Anderson turned to travel around a culvert opening in the bottom of the ditch, the tractor's front right tire encountered a sinkhole. The tire dropped into the hole, causing the tractor to roll and crush Anderson. He died at the scene.